After the success of the short films like Sujoy Ghosh’s Ahalya and Aniruddha Roychowdhury’s Devi, there is a growing urge among the Bengali film makers to make such short films for the digital space. With the help of such films, the directors are able to reach out to the young audience who are more hooked on to the digital space for meeting their entertainment needs. Ace director Tathagata Banerjee whose last film Sesh Anka was a huge hit among the audience is back yet again with his short film titled Potrait. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent was present to cover the shooting of this short film.
The film Potrait is about Tirtho Mitro who is a portrait artist based in South Kolkata. He lives life according to his own wish and terms. He comes across a mysterious girl named Anamika, who requests him to make her portrait. She promises to meet him the next day. But she never returns. What happens next transforms the painter’s vision about life and death.
In between shots, director Tathagata Banerji said “There is a great challenge in making short films which I find quite appealing. Not all short films which are made now are attractive. But there is a growing charm revolving around short films which is good. Keeping this in mind, we decided to make a short film with the help of which we will be reaching out to a broader audience and also attending to the audiences hooked to the digital space”.
The story, screenplay, dialogues and creative direction is being handled by Sanjib Banerji. “It is great to work again with Tathagata Banerji on this project. The film has a social message and also supernatural elements which has been presented in a different manner” said Sanjib Banerji.
Debaprasad Halder who plays the role of Tirtho Mitro in the film revealed that he was having a great time shooting for the film. “I always have a good time shooting with Tathagata da. Since this is a short film, the challenge is even more. I am having a good time and the audiences will surely love the story” said the actor.
Amrita Chatterjee plays the role of a mysterious girl named Anamika in the film. “There is a good balance of supernatural element in the film. The presentation is different. This will be a good experience for the audience” said the actress.
The film has been produced by Createch. Supriyo Ghosh of Createch said “The whole world is moving towards the digital space. Now people see everything on the smart phone. People hardly have the time to go to halls and watch films. The future lies in short films. People want to watch films while on the move. Hence, we ventured with this short film. We are highly positive that the story will be liked by one and all.
Assistant Director of Sesh Anka Shubhadeep Mukherjee aka Bambi is making his debut as the cinematographer and the Top ranked editor of Tollywood Sujay Datta Ray (who has also edited Sesh Anka) has taken over the responsibility of trimming the film.
The film which is of twenty three minutes film will premiere on Youtube.